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What Are the Benefits of Protein From Venison?

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author image Maura Shenker
Maura Shenker is a certified holistic nutritionist and health counselor who started her writing career in 2010. She leads group workshops, counsels individual clients and blogs about diet and lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
What Are the Benefits of Protein From Venison?
Close-up of a plate of venison and mushrooms. Photo Credit keko64/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Venison, another name for deer meat, is a lean, dense meat that can be an addition to any healthy diet. It is a source of protein, and compared to such meats as beef or pork, it is lower in saturated fats and cholesterol. In fact 3 oz. of venison has fewer calories than 3 oz. of chicken.

Low in Calories

A 3 oz. portion of venison has 135 calories. The same amount of beef loin has 180 calories, pork loin has 170 calories and chicken thighs have 150 calories for a 3 oz. serving.

High Protein Without Saturated Fat

Venison has 26g of protein with just 3g of fat and only 1g of saturated fat. Pork loin has the same amount of protein, but double the amount of total fat and triple the amount of saturated fat. Beef has less protein and more fat than pork.

Source of B Vitamins

A 4 oz. serving of venison provides 60 percent of the RDA of B12 and more than 20 percent of the RDA of B6, both of which help prevent homocysteine from building up in your cells. Venison has 40 percent of B2, also known as riboflavin, which works to stop migraine attacks and 30 percent of B3, known as niacin which is important in energy production.

Other Nutrition

Venison does not contain sodium, fiber or sugar or carbohydrates. Venison is a source of iron, with almost 30 percent of the RDA in a 4 oz. portion. That same serving also has 25 percent of your RDA for phosphorus and 20 percent of the RDA for selenium and zinc.

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